Four Tripleshot youth riders start racing today at the u17,u19 national track championships in Bromont, Quebec. The championships are also the selection event for the junior world championships.
The riders are Kimberly Chen, 7x medalist at 2022 nationals in her first year u19, and eligible for junior worlds. Kimberly is beginning to specialize in sprint events.
Oscar Wong is in his second year u17, and expected to do well, especially in the sprint events. He won three medals in 2022, including a surprise bronze in 500 m.
Isla Rendle is also in her second nationals, and was part of three team medals for BC in 2022.
Amos Scott-Bouris, 15, is a first year u17, and probably the most affected by the closure of Burnaby velodrome this winter (it’s reopening soon). But in training this week he’s looked fast and comfortable on the Bromont track.
The BC team is 10 riders. Lister is assistant coach in the hybrid Team BC/club project, lead by provincial coach Tom Sherstobitoff.
Bromont opened in September, replacing an outdoor velodrome purchased from the Atlanta Olympics. The frame however was reused, with a new surface of laminated birch on edge, a new surface championed by Ontario track builder Peter Junek. The riders reported it smoother than Milton, no flex, but with nice sideways grip from the laminations, meaning the steeper bankings feel secure.
The building is even more remarkable, sunny, open, with a welcoming access area, and with interesting new features like an indoor pump track, pickle ball courts, strength gym, offices, bike rentals, cafe, and seating for ~300. Approx. 1/3 the cost of Milton. It’s what we’d want here. The staff have been super welcoming, and patiently braving my French.